The Centre is managed by a Board of Management working closely with an International Advisory Board.
Executive Director & Board Secretary: Dr Alex Grech
Chair: Professor John Portelli
Professor Godfrey Baldacchino
Alex Grech is a strategist, change consultant and academic. He has advised multinationals, governments, NGOs and startups in sectors ranging from ICT and neurosciences to culture and education. Alex is a specialist in digital education policy, 21st century skills agendas and lifelong learning and is an expert on the ET2020 working group on digital education and a member of the European Commission’s Blockchain Observatory & Forum. Alex teaches new media at the University of Malta within the Faculty of Media & Knowledge Sciences, with research interests in blockchain, digital citizenship, social media and power. He holds a PhD in Internet Computing from the University of Hull and is an FCCA by profession.
John P. Portelli was born in Malta where, after completing a B.A. (Philosophy & Maltese, 1975), he taught history and modern languages at a secondary school and philosophy at a sixth form. In 1977 he was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship and commenced his studies at McGill University from where he obtained an M.A. (1979) and a Ph.D. (1984). Currently he is a professor in the Department of Social Justice Education, and the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at OISE, University of Toronto. He is Co-director of the Centre for Leadership and Diversity and a fellow of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto.
Godfrey Baladacchino (PhD Warwick) is Pro-Rector for International Development & Quality Assurance and Professor of Sociology at the University of Malta, Malta; UNESCO co-Chair (Island Studies and Sustainability), University of Prince Edward Island, Canada; President, International Small Islands Studies Association (ISISA); and Chair of the Scientific Board of RETI: the network of island universities. He is (co)author or (co)editor of 40 books and monographs, plus some 130 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters.
George Borg started his career in the Education sector as a teacher in Primary schools as well as in Special Schools. He held various managerial positions within the Education Directorates namely Head of School, Principal Education Officer, Assistant Director, College Network Coordinator, Director Student Services and Director General (Educational Services). He has a first Degree in Education and a Post-Graduate Diploma in the Education of Children with Special Educational Needs from the University of Malta and a Masters Degree in Education (Special Educational Needs) from the University of Aberdeen. George was pivotal in the reforms in favour of learners with diverse needs that have occurred in Malta over the past twenty years. He has been the Ministry’s representative Board member of the European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education and on the Commonwealth of Learning.
Joe Cauchi taught English and Communication skills at post-secondary institutions, and has extensive experience in both vocational and academic education. He has an honours degree in English, diplomas in teaching and school management and and M.ed. He served as executive secretary of the National Council for Education in 1996-98, and since then has taken a very active interest in disability studies, perhaps because he is now visually impaired himself. He is president of an N.G.O for the Visually impaired specialising in Assistive Devices and is now heading an Erasmus project on the education of visually impaired students. He has participated in developing national strategies with regard to post-secondary education and Disability and Education.
Frederick Schembri is the President of the Board of Governors of Malta’s Vocational College University, MCAST. He is the founder and managing director of Aurobindo, a pharmaceutical company listed on the ISEX stock exchange. Frederick is an expert on integrated global supply chain initiatives and the catalyst of five pharmaceutical start-ups, including two in India and China. He has developed supply chain strategies for disaster relief and humanitarian aid programs, predominantly in sub-Sahara African regions, funded by institutions such as UNICEF, WHO, Red-Cross, Red Crescent, MSF, and IDA.
The international advisory board is currently made up of the following institutions:
Represented by Professor Asha S. Kanwar (Chair of the Advisory Board) and Dr Balaji Venkataraman
Represented by Professor John Domingue – Director of the Knowledge Media Institute at the Open University
Represented by Dr Cable Green
Represented by Mme. Perrine de Coetlogon
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